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It s been a while hasnt it? We have spent the past 2 months rebranding the magazine to make not just our jobs easier but for the magazine to be read easier thanks fo your feedback! We are back to being published monthly so dont worr y about us taking another break! This months issue see’s us up at Knockhill Racing circuits Motor fair which was held back in May and see’s
some of the latest car’s on the market being launched along with stunt driving and 4x4 fun! We take to Edinburgh Airpor t’s runway to see how fast some super car’s can drive along it! And we check out the Mitsubi shi Colt Ralliar t! We also f ind out what Subaru have been doing with there Coswor th Impreza STI CS400 at the Cholmondeley
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FORD CHALLENGES ANN WIDDECOMBE Ford invited The Right Honourable Ann Widdecombe to swap dancing for driving in a Strictly Come Parking challenge featuring Ford’s Active Park Assist technology on the allnew Focus. The challenge put Ann’s reverse parking skills to the test as a panel of judges scored her technique, spatial judgement and finesse as she attempted a manoeuvre often feared by many of Britain’s drivers. Ann also tested Ford’s Active Park Assist, which controls the steering of the car into a parallel parking space, while the driver concentrates on the accelerator and brake. Ann is no stranger to competition, having forged a successful political career that has spanned over two decades and, more recently, appearing as a popular contestant on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. Describing Active Park Assist, Ann Widdecombe said: “It is any woman’s parking dream.” A video of Ann’s experience with Active Park Assist can be seen at the FordUKTV youtube channel: www.youtube.com/user/ FordUKTV?feature=mhee#p/u/0/ H3onYHc2S-o
Parallel parking can prove quite problematic for Britain’s drivers according to a recent survey poll commissioned by Ford, which found that 39 percent of UK drivers needed more than one attempt to complete the manoeuvre. David Calder, Ford of Britain medium car product manager, said: “The all-new Ford Focus only went on sale a few months ago and already one in 10 is sold with Active Park Assist. It’s proving popular as a parking aid, which first checks the space is big enough for the car and then helps the driver to park in it in one smooth attempt.” Active Park Assist is available on new Focus, C-MAX and Grand CMAX models. The system takes the stress out of parallel parking by employing 10 ultrasonic sensors mounted on the sides of the vehicle and on the front and rear bumpers. Once the system is activated, front side sensors constantly scan for gaps between cars parked at the side of the road, alerting the driver to a suitable space with an audible chime and via a visual display in the centre console. Parking manoeuvers can be carried out at speeds of up to 10km/h and the system is designed to park 150mm from the kerb to avoid damage to wheels and tyres.
INDOOR MOTORING SPECTACULAR AT TOP GEAR LIVE 2011 Top Gear Live is developing an indoor track extravaganza in partnership with Group Lotus Motorsport, designers of the original Top Gear test-track. The track will be the central feature of its all-new Top Gear Live event running from 11-13 November at NEC Birmingham and 24-27 November at ExCeL London.
The all-new track element will feature power laps by Top Gearâ€™s very own tame racing driver The Stig as well as challenges for presenters Clarkson, Hammond and May. And, of course, there will be a host of celebrities vying for the top spot in Top Gear Liveâ€™s very own Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
Top Gear favourites including German race sensation Sabine Schmitz and Tiff Needell will join five-time Le Mans winner, Derek Bell, and an extensive list of other celebrity guests, drivers and presenters on track at the two events.
The tracks have been configured to enable all manner of driving disciplines during a full programme of incredible action. Cant wait to see this, amazing show these guys put on every year!
VOLKSWAGEN STARTS PRODUCTION OF THE NEW BEETLE The Beetle wrote a success story in the USA in particular: That is where the mobility icon from Wolfsburg was sold almost five million times between 1949 and 1981. The New Beetle took up the thread of this Beetle Mania, with a total of 1.15 million units built in Puebla selling between 1997 and 2010. The latest Beetle celebrated its world premiere in April this year and will be in dealers’ showrooms in Germany from this fall. The Puebla plant is the largest automobile factory in Mexico and one of the Volkswagen Group’s biggest vehicle manufacturing plants. It
supplies North and South America as well as Europe with the new Jetta volume model. The Beetle and Golf Variant are built exclusively by Volkswagen de México for world markets. In 2010, the factory produced some 435,000 vehicles. Puebla also manufactures engines for the American continent and with its workforce of over 15,000 is one of Mexican industry’s largest employers. Volkswagen has officially started production of the new Beetle in Puebla, Mexico. Cant wait to see it!
CATERHAM CARS ENTERS CHINESE MARKET Caterham’s legendary Seven will be sold in China for the first time after Caterham Cars signed an exclusive deal with new importer, Courtenay Trading International (CTI). CTI is looking to appoint six retailers in key provinces of China over the next year and is targeting initial sales of between 30 and 50 Sevens in its first year of operation. All of Caterham’s current EU5-compliant cars will be sold – Roadsport 120, Superlight 120, Roadsport 175, Superlight R300 and CSR 175 – with the first Sevens scheduled to arrive in China in January 2012. TARMAG.CO.UK
Although Caterham has had a longstanding presence in the Far East, notably in Japan, this will be the first time the iconic Seven has been sold in China and represents Caterham’s continuing expansion into new growth markets. Caterham Cars’ International Business Manager, David Ridley, said: “We are engaged in one of the most exciting new chapters in the Caterham Cars story and our entry into the Chinese market is another tangible sign of how Caterham is striving to become a truly global brand.” Please visit http://www.caterham. co.uk or call 01883 333 700 for information. .
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Meanwhile, performance lovers will get the chance to get close to some of the most desired road and track day cars in Piston record breaking Ultima GTR720.
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The eargerly awaited H P To u c h P a d i s t h e first tablet to run on webOS, Palm’s latest operating system. Designed to work like you, thanks to its multitasking cap a b i l i t i e s t h e To u c h Pad is a great enterprise device that makes you instantly productive with access to business applications such as Citir x Receiver. But it also has plenty to offer home users, including 1080p playback on the 9.7 inch 10 24 x 76 8 r e s o l u t i o n (4:3 ratio) capacitive touchscreen, music powered by Beats Audio technology and a host of great preinstalled apps such as Bing Maps, Quick Office (to edit Office d o c u m e n t s ) , Yo u Tu b e .
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nHeads: The Performance Car Show. Last year show goers were treated to the Aspira F620, the Noble M600 and 13the world
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Reasons to convert to HID 300% brightness over Halogen bulbs Lasts on average up to 10 times longer than halogens Use less energy rated at 35w which means better fuel economy in the long run The guys at CarModShop sorted us out with one of there kits and it took 5 minutes to fit and the results are outstanding. Xenon light is a rela-
tively new technology in lighting, proving to be brighter than halogen, and even more cost- and energy-efficient, as well. Xenon light produces up to five times more light than Halogen lights, and lasts up to ten times longer. It is now star ting to replace Halogen bulbs in todayâ€™s cars. Get intouch with these guys and say Tr a c k a n d Ro a d M a g azine sent you!
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10th June, Location : Edinburgh Airport Why? Well its time for Race the Run Way! An event thats been held for the past few years at Edinburgh Airpor t. Ye s y o u r e a d c o r r e c t l y t h e airport, we are racing car’s on the runway! Not the active run way but luckily Edinburgh has 2 runways, 1 which isnt always in use. I also hear you ask “Why?” we l l i t s a l l i n a i d o f c h a r i t y, to be specific The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice. A s h l e y K i l g o u r, c o r p o r a t e fundraiser asked us if we wanted to come along for the day so we did! On arrival the car park was full of top notch car’s from Nissan Skyline R33GTR’s to the latest Skyline GTR, P o r s c h e 9 97 Tu r b o ’ s t o t h e Ferrari 458! Some of the most beautiful cars were prepared to find out how fast there car can go along Edinburgh airpor t’s runway! Really a once in a liftime o p p o r t u n i t y. We then had a amazing breakfast provided by the
Airpor t and there lovely staf f! Followed by a safety briefing which highlighted we are right next to a live run way and taxi way! We headed out onto the run way and met up with the fire crew who looked af ter us all day and kept us nice and warm inside their big trucks! We then spent the af ternoon at dif ferent locations around the runway watching the carâ€™s try and set their fastest time and speed! Andy Canning in his Lamb o r g h i n i L P 57 0 , M a n a g e r o f the Edinburgh Lamborghini dealershop took the fastest time along the run way with a staggering top speed o f 17 2 m p h a n d a t i m e o f 25.54 seconds! Coming close behind him was Guiseppe Marini in his days old Ferrari 458 Italia with a microscopic time away of just 2 5 . 74 a n d a t o p s p e e d o f 1 71 m p h ! The event raised a combined total of over ÂŁ11,000 for the two charities - The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice and The Scottish Burned Childrens Club! And TARMAG.CO.UK
we cant thank enough Ashley for all her great work on the day and to the run up of the event! We will definetly be back next year hopefully behind the wheel of a car thats going to beat that record speed!
Show some suppor t and donate £3 now simply text ‘PPWH’ to 7 0 0 0 7. When you donate you’ll be charged £3 plus one message at your standard network rate. The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice will receive a minimum of £2.67 from each message sent. (£2.25 from Virgin Mobile users). Thank you. Registered Scottish Charity No: S C 01 2 37 2
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COSWORTH IMPREZA STI CS400 SLAYS SUPERCARS AT CHOLMOND In the hands of former British Rally Champion, Mark Higgins, Subaru’s limitededition Cosworth Impreza STI CS400 put on an electrifying display at last weekend’s Cholmondeley Page a n t o f P o w e r ( 1 5 - 17 J u l y 2011; www.cpop.co.uk). The All-Wheel Drive 400PS Subaru outpaced a host of high-per formance road cars and supercars, including the Nissan GTR, Ariel V8 Ato m , L ex u s L FA a n d Fo rd Fo cus RS500, and in the final standings was beaten only TARMAG.CO.UK
by the £186,000 Lamborghin i L P 57 0 - 4 Pe r fo r m a n te o n the 1.2-mile sprint circuit. S i g n i f i c a n t l y, o n t h e f i n a l day of the event (Sunday 17 J u l y ) w h e n t h e c i r c u i t was consistently soaked with rain, the Subaru comfor tably outpaced ever y other par ticipating vehicle. With a quickest time of 68.18 seconds, it was over four seconds quicker than the second placed Lancia Delta Intergrale WRC and six seconds quicker than the second placed car in
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Higgins’ high-speed run dramatically showcased the all-conditions attributes of the Coswor th-fettled Subaru, establishing it as the fastest hot-hatch in the ‘supercar’ class. Mark recorded a best time of 66.08 seconds, at an average speed of 65.45 mph on the twisty Cholmondeley circuit. “The Pageant’s track is incredibly narrow and asks a surprising amount of both c a r a n d d r i v e r, ” c o m m e n t e d
Higgins, who recently set the production road car lap record on the Isle of Man TT circuit. ”If you want to set a decent time, good traction, strong brakes and stability at speed are all essential. The Subaru delivered on all those scores. We were only bettered by a L a m b o r g h i n i L P 57 0 - 4 Pe rformante in the dr y runs and we were the quickest by far in the wet.” The limited-edition Cosworth Impreza STI CS400 is currently available from Subaru UK priced £49,995 with a number of competitive and flexible finance offers available. For more information please visit www.subaru.co.uk.
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Derived from the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X one of our favorite cars here a t Ta r M a g , t h e C o l t R a l l i ar t is almost like its baby b r o t h e r. I t h a s t h e p e rformance and the looks and is even prices competitively in the super mini c a r c a te g o r y. Powe r e d by a 1 47 b h p 1 . 5 Tu r b o c h a r g e d MIVEC engine the Colt Ralliar t has impressive figures when it comes to per formance which impressively gets from 0-62mph i n j u s t 7. 4 s e c o n d s a n d will top out at a staggeri n g 1 31 m p h w h i c h i s a l l o t f r o m t h i s l i t t l e c a r. The Colt Ralliar t takes its looks from the Lancer and isn’t as wide looking at the Evo. The high MPV look of the car means there is plenty of space for four people and ample headroom and leg room. Boot space isn’t bad con-
sidering its a super mini. The interior has the Classic Mitsubishi good build quality and feel along with that sporty look with the Ralliart Edition! The seats are very figure hugging and hold you tightly but comfor tably enough for longer journeys but also enabling you to enjoy the car’s sporty ability when it comes to the bends! Sporty dials, aluminum pedals, silver instrument surroundings also remind you that you are in the more spor tier version of the Colt. The Raiilart edition has managed to reduce the Colt’s body roll with tuned suspension which enhances the steering and crea te s b et te r s t a b i l i t y. C u rtain airbags and rear disc brakes as standard also making sure safety was a priority when designing this model. We did find the steering when intown to be a bit heavy but out in the open you notice you are driving a more sportier hatch back with its stif fer chassis showing no hesitation going into corners.
The turbo kicks in around 2,000rpm so its easy to keep in the power band but we found changing up early meant the power stays with you. The 5-speed manual gear box has been nicely paired up with the engine to delivery shor t, precise and very spor ty shif t! We didn’t have any problems with this. Its a Mitsubishi so we expected this to be faultless so they have done well here. The exterior of the Colt Ralliar t takes the mesh black grille look f r o m t h e L a n c e r, a l most giving it a “Jet Fighter” look! The lower and wider body also enhances its sport looks! 16” cool spor ty alloys in grey also give the car more aggression and looks the part! A simple turn of the key and pressing the accelerator results in a satisfying note emerging from under
the bonnet from the spor ts exhaust. Large rear spoiler and all round Mitsubishi styling makes you aware you aren’t in any old Colt! The Colt Ralliart comes in a three door or fivedoor variant with the three-door the better looking of the pair! To s u m u p t h i s c a r i t s inexpensive, ver y well equipped, its got the looks and defiantly puts a smile on your face! The Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart has all the right ingredients for the Super Mini fan! But it deliverers allot of fun for not much money and when we are in times of the so called Credit Crunch and rising fuel prices this defiantly should be on your shopping list. Don’t just take our word for it, get intouch with your local dealer now for a test drive or fur ther details!
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What an amazing show yet again up at Knockhill’s racing circuit. Each year Knockhill plays host to the Of ficial Scottish Motors h o w. To s a y i t s a g r e a t d a y out is an understatement! This year some some fantastic car’s being brought to Scotland for the first time including the Mercedes SLS Gull Wing, MG6, M o r g a n 3 W h e e l e r, t h e n e w global Ford Focus and Fiesta, Abarth, Honda, Seat, Renault, Infiniti, the list is endless. One highlight was the new Range Rover TARMAG.CO.UK
Evoque which is stunning! One of the major attractions this year was the A1 GP car demo and unofficial l a p r e c o r d a t t e m p t . To p m o torspor t team P1 have been testing at Knockhill ahead of the Monaco GP later in May 2011. Chief track marshal, Sandy Forrest has been watching the team lap by lap and reckons the lap time could go “They are consistently doing sub 44 second laps, given a good run and favourable weather conditions it could just
go. It’s going to be close though as these guys are flat out. The quickest yet has been a 43.3 and the drivers are well capable of squeezing a few hundredths m o r e o u t t h e c a r. ”
pull together to make this show and l’d be here all night reeling them off one by one!
“This year’s show had a fabulous mix of enter tainment and fun for ever yone! Knockhill Events Director Car demos, 4×4 rides, stunt Stuar t Gray said, “The Ofshows, rally competitions, ficial Scottish Motorshow parades, air shows, lap holds an important place record attempt and special in our calendar each year exhibits/features galore. and we sincerely appreciate It’ll will be hard to top, but the continuing suppor t from l’m sure we’ll give it a go.” ever yone involved in making the event happen. There Each year the Scottish Moare so many people that torshow is seen as a real
family event with plenty of enter tainment on of fer throughout the whole weekend which included: - Supercars, Classic Cars, B i k e s & Tr u c k s - Kevin Carmichael & Miss Scotland Finalists - Te r r y G r a n t S t u n t D r i v i n g & F o r d D i s p l a y Te a m - F r e e Tr a c k & 4 Ă— 4 R i d e s , Te e n D r i v e & M o r e - Bi-Plane Air Display & Abar th Air Show - New GREEN / ECO Zone including the Nissan Leaf - Special exhibits including a Ford WRC Rally Car - Kids Zone includes Face Painting, Fun Fair & More - RPM Zone including Facials, Zumba & Massage Next year its a must for the diar y! 2012 Scottish Motor Show at Knockhill Racing Circuit! www.knockhill.com
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